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Links Round-Up! October 23, 2008

I don’t feel like typing a lot today, as I have a midterm to study for and a mouse bite on my finger to nurse (yes, for serious. Yes, it hurt quite a bit. Yes, I’m milking it for all it’s worth). So, here’s some recommendations on some of the topics being bandied about the blogosphere today:

  • The incomparable David Sedaris on the election:

    To put [undecided voters] in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”

    To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.

Right you are, David. Of course, there are some people who love to eat platters of shit with bits of broken glass in it, but you’d think most people would know by now which group they fall into.

  • TerranceDC from Pam’s House Blend does a much-needed debunking of a meme that has repeated itself several times in the past week or so: liberals/Democrats/Obama supporters are not “real” Americans. I count at least three prominent Republicans who’ve gone there recently, and I may be forgetting some, so you really need to go read his piece on how all the masturbatory jingoism that the right indulges in is unjustified. (Spoiler: The “elitist, snobby” blue states pay more taxes to support the “self-reliant heartland” of the red states!) More insight on this from Joe Biden, RJ Eskow, and Dan Sweeney (the latter two are reporters from The Huffington Post, in case you saw the discrepancy in name recognition). All of the posts linked in this bullet fall into the “must-read” category.
  • Professor, What If…? once again asks a good question. Today’s refers to Proposition 4, another ballot initiative in California (why do I know at least three of these, by number, for a state that’s across the country? Why do I know about another initiatives on other states’ ballots but nothing about the ones on my own? Oy). The question: “What if the ‘Yes on Prop 4’ group dropped the deceptive language and opted for the more fitting slogan ‘Bring back the wire hanger’?” Provocative wording, certainly, but justified and supported in her analysis. Unfortunately, California’s reproductive rights initiative is far from the most harmful; South Dakota is voting on one that would effectively ban abortion in the state, and Coloradoans get to vote on fetal personhood. More later on why these are so very problematic.
  • I am loath to use the word “flip-flopper” as a slur, as I remember the 2004 election all too well, but in this case it’s somewhat justified. It’s no shock to most people that the McCain today bears little resemblance to the McCain of 2000. It is very important that people who remember earlier versions of this man realize that the candidate they knew and loved no longer exists. Think Progress has a list of issues on which McCain has reversed his original position, in almost every case for the more conservative alternative. The list currently has 44 items. (He also told a reporter today that he couldn’t name “a single issue” that he’s flip-flopped on since 2000, which is just funny).
  • And now, your daily dose of Palin Preposterousness ™! Today, we learn that the governor, since her nomination, has spent more than $150,000 (all donated by taxpayers to the RNC/McCain campaign)…on clothes. These include what can only be described as a $75,000 buyout of Neiman Marcus. I realize that talking about a female candidate’s wardrobe or shopping habits can sometimes veer into sexist territory, particularly a candidate whose physical appearance has been such a topic of discussion. However, there are good analyses of the situation from The Huffington Post, Alternet, and Rachel Maddow (<3!). You should go read/watch all of them, but I’m biased.

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